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What does a Game Developer do?

Game developers often work on teams and help to make a game’s concept or ideas come to life. They are involved in the creation of a story, outlining the design, and creating game prototypes. They are responsible for the design and development of video games for units including a personal computer, a consul, or a mobile application. They code the base engine from the ideas of the game's design team, and may be called upon to assist with character design with novel design animation and with unit testing.

Game developers generate game scripts and storyboards and translate the designer ideas into functional game codes. Sometimes they contribute to audio and animation, design, and character animation. They also troubleshoot code and fix bugs. Game developers need a bachelor's degree in software engineering or computer science, knowledge of the latest gaming trends, strong artistic and technical skills, and proficiency with programming languages including C++, Java, and C.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
12%
2 - 4
59%
5 - 7
15%
8+
14%

Common Skill Sets

Unreal Engine
As400 RPG
Unity 3D
Programming Languages
BS Degree
ISeries
Javascript
Creative Problem Solving

Game Developer Seniority Levels

Software Engineer
17% made the transition
Software Developer
23% made the transition
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Game Developer Salaries

Average Base Pay

$50,923 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$42K
Median: $51K
$80K
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